With the help of neighbors, friends and family, we finally pulled the plastic on the hoophouse and got it planted with spinach, salad mix, arugula & asian bunching greens this past weekend. This is a very big accomplishment! Since we pieced it together cheaply and did not use a kit, it took longer than we expected. Nonetheless, we are so happy it is done! We’ll grow these greens in here until May and then plant our tomatoes right after. It will pay for itself this year we hope. Here is a photo.
Josh prepared some 25 beds last week that were direct seeded with all kinds of spring crops from peas to carrots to radishes to turnips. We had great spring weather to do this. And then the rains came this weekend, which was perfect timing!
This week, we are spending time in the greenhouse seeding the beginning of our summer crops and second successions of spring crops. Our brand new apprentices, Jon & Cameron arrive this weekend, so we are really looking forward to having more energy on the farm and other people to work with. They are both experienced farmers, so it will be great to have them with us for the season.
We will continue planting like crazy this week and next getting in all our spring crops like broccoli, cauliflower, kales etc. I can’t believe it really is farming season again! It feels really good. Josh, Everett and I have been working together a lot on the farm lately and it has been so nice to spend time together as a family getting ready for the season. Everett is currently learning how to walk in the aisles and not on the plants. Here’s a photo of him helping out on the farm.
We have finalized the search for leased land — and all of the sudden we will be managing 3 leased parcels this year. We just turned in the organic certification paperwork for these new additions. We will be leasing 2 acres next door to pasture our poultry and then we will be leasing up to 3 acres on Hwy 238 to expand our vegetable production this year from 2 acres to 4 acres! Oh boy! And then we also will start managing another property across the street from us that we will transition into vegetable production next year! It has been exciting to find the land and figure out the lease agreements and know we have the land and water to keep growing. Sigh of relief!
The Ashland farmers’ market starts tomorrow. We are still planning on being there the first of April or so, but we’ll update you as we get closer to that date.
Also, I added a new page to the blog for more information on our Community Supported Agriculture program. Our updated CSA brochure is on that page if you would like to download it. See the tab above. In CSA news, we decided to add a small share to the CSA for $480. We still have spots available!
Happy spring and enjoy the rain!